Ashback # 4 – Bump, Volley…Spike!

Yup, those were the days!!!

Afterschool practices and weekend tournaments were my only focus during this chapter of my life. Back when I hadn’t quite grown into my ears yet. Oh, how I miss the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. The clean-shaven, beer shirt wearing, non-look at the camera bunch of guys you see above were once my comrades in arms. For all of high school, I had the awesome opportunity to be a part of a team with these fine lads. Volleyball, basketball, hockey, you name it. We were good too, I’m not just saying that. It was just great chemistry I think, most likely because we all got along so well. Best of all, we got to share a bunch of really cool experiences together, being on the road was one of my favourite parts. It was a great time in my life for sure. When I look at the newspaper clipping now, I wonder what everybody is up to. It’s been forever since I have seen or spoken to most. I think this was 1994.

No, I truly couldn’t have had a better group of guys, it was a pleasure to shed my blood, sweat and tears on the courts of yesteryear. It’s both surreal and crazy flashing back to these good old days. Days of achy, growing pain knees, hotdogs at intermission and loud sweaty packed gymnasiums where St. Joseph’s All Grade legends were made. I got goosebumps right now just writing about it.

Go, SJS Eagles….go! haha

Play any sports in high school? Were you an athlete? Or maybe a part of another peer group of sorts? How do you feel when you look back on that time in your life today? Love to hear about it.

Fun tidbit: Our pre-game warmup always consisted of the playlist below, now…turn it up!!!

Megadeth – Symphony of Destruction

Metallica – Enter the Sandman

ACDC – Thunderstruck; and

Kiss – Domino

Like I said, those were the days…:)

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